2012 Leading Lights Winners

Read about this years Leading Lights award winners. 

The Leading Lights in Road Safety Awards celebrate the outstanding efforts of people to improve road safety in their communities. The awards provide a special opportunity for members of the public to honour the contribution of exceptional people to making our roads safer for everyone.

The awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 12th December 2012 in Farmleigh, which were hosted by RSA Chairman, Mr Gay Byrne and attended by almost 200 award winners, the awards celebrate the outstanding efforts made by people and groups throughout the country to help promote awareness of road safety.

Award Winners

This year, ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety Awards’ were handed out in the categories Approved Driving Instructor, Business, Education (Community, Preschool, Primary, Secondary and Third Level), Local Media, Road Safety Ambassador, Road Safety Officer, Public Sector, CPC Training Organisation of the Year and CPC Trainer of the Year. 

The award winners are as follows:

Category Awarded to
Education(Pre-School) Bizzy Bees, Carrickmacross, for their commitment to teaching the pre-school children all about road safety. They actively engage the children in road safety based activities every day, aiming to instil a sense of road safety awareness in the children from an early age. Bizzy Bees are very aware of the importance of teaching children about road safety and they use activities such as visiting the library to teach the children road safety skills.
Education(Primary) Gaelscoil Bharra (Cabra) for their road safety campaign Bothar Beo. The campaign was set up following the tragic death of one of the school’s pupils Conchur O’Hici and consisted of a number of initiatives such as the distribution of 1,000 wristbands in the area of Cabhrach with the slogan Slow Down - Tog go bog e, the erection of a series of road safety posters and the organisation of a road safety parade which was held on St.Patrick’s day. Dublin City Council are now implementing road safety measures in the Cabhrach area. The vital message of the importance of road safety has been successfully spread throughout this community thanks to the rigorous work of Bothar Beo.
Education(Primary) and Walterstown National School (Cobh), in their attempts to secure their fourth green flag, this ambitious school is taking action to improve road safety in their community. A Greenschools committee has been set up to ensure that children are safe when walking, cycling or carpooling to school. These efforts include daily travel surveys taking place in the classrooms and new and unique signage being placed at both approaches to the school improving the efficiency and safety of the surrounding roads. The children of the school are being educated on road safety and the area is being made a safer place to be and drive in the process.
Education(Secondary) Road Safety Workshops, Roadskills - This Road Safety Workshop, set up by Richard Thompson and Garda Freda Fleming, is aimed at transition year students and its purpose is to provide them with early training of road safety from fully trained instructors using the workshop’s extensive facilities. The efficiency of the workshops and their popularity among the transition year students make it a successful resource in promoting road safety and its importance.
Education(Third Level) CIT Students Union,for their Road Safety Week. Attracting much media attention every year, this road safety week in CIT successfully brings the message of road safety to the community at large, with the 2012 project being a particular triumph involving many great initiatives aimed at addressing road safety issues. These initiatives included the balloon release whereby students released 186 balloons representing all of the lives lost on Irish roads in 2011 and a re-enactment of a road traffic collision which was attended by hundreds of staff and students and was broadcasted on a local radio station. 
Community Education N4 Road Safety Action Group of Castlebaldwin, Co Sligo. This Action Group aimed to address the dangers of a 12km stretch of road from Castlebaldwin to Durla which has claimed the lives of 29 people and left numerous others seriously injured. This group has worked tirelessly in order to tackle the issue that is this road. As a result of this group, Sligo County Council, the NRA and An Garda Síochána have shown increased interest in improving the road and reducing the danger. There have been no recent major collisions and no further fatalities and so the work of the N4 Road Safety Action Group has been a major success in helping to save lives on this road.
Road Safety Officer Eamonn Brown, Donegal County Council. Eamonn took up this post in 2006 and has since produced two road safety plans. He also manages the Donegal Road Safety Working Group, oversees countless school programmes and activities and hosts annual road safety roadshows and road safety conferences. He is actively involved in the development of national resources with the RSA and the Department of Transport as well as cross border initiatives with the PSNI and the NI Road Safety Council. In 2011, the number of road deaths in Donegal fell by 20%.
Public Sector Dublin City Council, for their work to improve road safety in the city. Through a range of initiatives such as the 30km/h speed limit, the introduction of a 4-axle ban prohibiting goods vehicles in the city centre, a cycle training school and the shared bike scheme, as well as the changed behaviour of road-users in the city, Dublin City Council has now become the safest capital city in the EU.
Local Media Zara King, Beat 102-103. 30% of road deaths in this region are young people aged between 14 and this group also forms the core of Beat 102-103’s audience. Zara King, a reporter with the stations, acts as liaison officer with An Garda Síochána and consistently seeks out key messages for delivery to young road-users. Among these messages are the road safety messages for those travelling to the Oxegen music festival, the Christmas road safety message and a Garda Siochana Bank Holiday road safety appeal. The commitment and pro-activeness of Zara is helping to better inform vulnerable young road users in the area, as well as keeping them safe on the roads in the South East.
Business Iron Mountain Van Driver Management. This business prides itself on prioritising road safety. In 2011, the business successfully reduced incident numbers by 38% with at blame incidents reducing from 5 to 2. Wishing to further reduce these figures in 2012, Iron Mountain introduced the Greenroad driver behaviour systems in all 35 of its vehicles which monitors driver behaviour at all times, recording any unsafe driving behaviours and collecting this data to give the driver an overall risk profile. Greenroad recommend that a score of 20 or lower should be attained by all drivers. 75% of drivers in Iron Mountain are below 10 and the average score of the fleet is 8. These innovative and proactive measures taken by this business make it thoroughly deserving of this award.
Approved Driving Instructor Diane Harvey of Killybegs in Donegal. The recently qualified driving instructor has been making great strides in her local community, assisting young and old alike with both the theory and practical aspects of the driving test. She works with members of youth clubs and motoring clubs in the area, and a lot of the help she gives learner drivers is done in her own free time. Her contribution to her community has helped to make the area a safer place to drive.
Road Safety Ambassador Erris ‘No Name’ Club in Belmullet Co Mayo. Every year, this club actively contribute to making Irish roads safer and spreading awareness about road safety by doing a road safety project. This year, that project was the production and distribution of a silver remembrance ribbon to commemorate all those who have died on the road. Supporting this idea, all of the no name clubs in Mayo will be distributing the ribbons free. The ribbons, reaching a large amount of people in Mayo, will successfully commemorate those lost lives and in turn spread the message of the importance of road safety.
CPC Training Organisation of the Year FÁS who are registered as a CPC Training Provider. Following an analysis of the professional drivers’ feedback through the course evaluation forms, it was clear that FÁS are delivering a first class training experience to course participants. The feedback received related to many aspects, including the quality of their training environment.
CPC Trainer of the Year Paul Gillespie, Bus Éireann. Paul was selected as CPC trainer of the year following feedback provided by those attending the CPC training courses where he was the course trainer. Drivers have consistently rated him very highly in terms of his manner, the way he engages with the course participants, his presentation skills and his personal knowledge of the subject matter.

A ‘Special Recognition’ Award was awarded to Gabriel Warde of Loughrea Co Galway, who recently won the Young European Truck Driver 2012 competition. 1,700 drivers from 24 countries across Europe were tested in eco-driving, cargo securing, fire and rescue, vehicle checks and manoeuvring over a two day period and Gabriel won overall.

Another ‘Special Recognition’ Award was won by Mary Magan who has been the enthusiastic Lollipop Lady for St. Paul’s National School in Limerick for the past 36 years. She was the school’s first and only lollipop lady and is retiring this year. Mary’s dedication to maintaining a high standard of road safety around the school has been unwavering and has not gone unnoticed by the children and their parents whom all adhere to Mary’s rules of driving and walking safely every day. Not only is Mary helping the children to cross safely every morning and every afternoon but she also makes sure she is there when ever there is a match or an event going on, going above and beyond her duties, being a perfect ambassador for road safety.

‘Special Recognition’ Awards were also handed out to the members of the ADI Stakeholder Forum and CPC Review Group for their commitment to and support of road safety through their involvement in the driving instruction and professional driving programmes.

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